He was also nominated for 'Best Actor' in 2021
Riz Ahmed will be the first actor of Pakistani origin to announce the 2023 Oscar nominations.
He will be joining M3GAN star Allison Williams for the official announcements.
The Academy Awards announced the news on its official website:
“Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams have been tapped to host the Academy’s nominations presentation and announce the nominees for the 95th Oscars.”
Nominations in all 23 Oscar categories are scheduled to be read out in a live presentation on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
The event will take place in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in California and will air live on ABC’s Good Morning America.
It also streams live on Goodmorningamerica.com, ABC News Live, Disney+, Oscars.org, Oscar.com and the Academy’s social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed won the Oscar for ‘Best Live-Action Short Film’ for The Long Goodbye in 2022.
He was also nominated for ‘Best Actor’ in 2021 for his performance in The Sound Of Metal, for his portrayal of a heavy metal drummer beginning to go deaf.
Some of his other credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the miniseries The Night Of, for which he won an Emmy.
On January 14, 2023, Riz Ahmed announced that he had joined Pakistan’s Oscar submission, Joyland, as its executive producer.
Taking to Instagram, Ahmed shared he was ecstatic over the collaboration.
Ahmed and Left Handed Films executive Allie Moore shared details in a statement announcing the partnership.
“We are so proud of Left Handed Films to be a part of Joyland.”
The Emmy-winning artist penned:
“Our motto is ‘go left’ and Saim Sadiq’s unique film does just that.
“Joyland is ground-breaking. And it’s easy to get lost in all the ways that it is; the first Pakistani film at Cannes.”
“The first award-winner, the first to be Oscar-shortlisted, and a queer love story that has overcome multiple obstacles to its release.
“But more important than any of the glass ceilings it smashes is how this film so masterfully breaks our hearts.
“Saim Sadiq’s filmmaking is both understated and gut-wrenching. His writing is consistently unexpected — both unflinchingly joyous and devastating.
“Every scene is so elegantly composed yet bursting with vividly raw characters and performances.
“Joyland is one of the best films of the year, and against all odds of resources and marketing budgets, it’s been amazing to see festival juries, audiences, and critics shouting that from the rooftops.”